6 low-cost tires in the test: hold kenda & co with brand-name tires from dunlop with?

Symbol photo: Tires are wear items, but critical to safety

The GTu has tested car tires in the lowest price category. EFAHRER.com has summarized the results of the test and shows what you have to look out for when buying cheap tires and why it pays to buy brand-name tires.

Tires belong to the wearing parts of vehicles. With the car, you have to replace them regularly. Brand tires, however, are often expensive. Tires of cheap suppliers from Asia or Eastern Europe promise same performance at a fraction of the price. But are cheap tires really worth it?? The German motor vehicle testing organization GTu has put cheap tires under the microscope.

The 225/45 R 17 tires were tested for braking distance, handling and behavior in the wet. For this purpose, the testers fitted a standard VW Golf with the cheap tires and braked it from 100 km/h to a standstill on wet roads. The results compared them with branded tires. No cheap tire was really convincing in the end. Too long braking distances and high residual speeds compared to brand tires make the reach for cheap tires dangerous.

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These are the best cheap tires:

Place 1: Westlake SV 308

The Westlake SV 308 still performs best. The combination of two circumferential grooves and V-grooves are designed to drain water specifically and prevent aquaplaning. Nevertheless, this test winner can not be recommended. With a scarcely over six meters longer braking distance and a remaining speed of 33.5 km/h in the comparison to a European mark tire also a favorable price can lure no more.

Westlake SW 608 195/55 R1687H

Westlake SW 608 195/55 R1687H

Delivery time: 2-3 days if available

Shipping costs: 0 EUR

Delivery time: The product will leave our warehouse within 2 working days after receipt of payment.

Shipping costs: from 2 car tires or motorcycle tires free shipping / alloy wheels, complete wheels already from 1 piece free shipping / for only 1 car tires or motorcycle tires small quantity surcharge 3.00 EUR / island surcharge 8.50 EUR

2nd place: Kormoran Gamma B2

The budget tire of the Chinese brand Kormoran is supposed to offer safety even on wet roads. In the GTu test it cannot prove that. The test vehicle comes to a stop only after 57.2 meters of braking distance and rushes past with a remaining speed of 35.8 km/h.

Kormoran 175/65 R15 84H Gamma B2 (Fuel EEK: E, dB: 70)

Kormoran 175/65 R15 84H Gamma B2 (Fuel EEK: E, dB: 70)

Delivery time: 2-3 days if available

Shipping costs: 0 EUR

3rd place: Goodride SA05

The tire of the Chinese manufacturer Goodride supplies similar results like the second-placed Kormoran Gamma B2. A braking distance of 57.3 meters and a residual speed of exactly 36 km/h are the dubious results.

Goodride SW 608 XL 235/55 R17 103V

Goodride SW 608 XL 235/55 R17 103V

Delivery time: 2-5 workdays

Shipping costs: 6 EUR

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Shipping costs: see details in the store

delivery time: 2 – 4 working days

Shipping costs: 0.00 EUR

Delivery time: 2-3 days if available

Shipping costs: 0 EUR

Delivery time: The goods will leave our warehouse within 2 working days after receipt of payment.

Shipping costs: from 2 car tires or motorcycle tires free shipping / alloy rims, complete wheels already from 1 piece free shipping / for only 1 car tire or motorcycle tire small quantity surcharge 3.00 EUR / island surcharge 8.50 EUR

Delivery time: 1-3 working days

Shipping costs: 5.95 EUR EUR

Delivery time: 1 – 3 workdays

Shipping costs: 3 EUR for only one tire, otherwise free shipping

Delivery time: 1-3 days

Shipping costs: 0 EUR

Place 4: Kenda KR20

The product of the tire manufacturer Kenda from Taiwan can not convince on the test track. The braking distance of 60.4 meters is clearly too long. Even the residual speed of 41.6 meters compared to brand tires do not tempt to buy.

Kenda KR 501 205/55 R1691T

Kenda KR 501 205/55 R1691T

Delivery time: The goods leave our warehouse within 2 working days after receipt of payment.

Shipping costs: from 2 car tires or motorcycle tires free shipping / aluminum rims, complete wheels already from 1 piece free shipping / for only 1 car tire or motorcycle tire small quantity surcharge 3.00 EUR / island surcharge 8.50 EUR

Place 5: Federal SS 595

Another tire from Taiwanese production fails the test: The Federal SS 595. The measured values are almost identical to those of the fourth-placed Kenda. The braking distance is 60.5 meters at a residual speed of 41.8 km/h.

Westlake SW 608 195/55 R1687H

Westlake SW 608 195/55 R1687H

Delivery time: 2-3 days if available

shipping costs: 0 EUR

Delivery time: The goods leave our warehouse within 2 working days after booked payment receipt.

Shipping costs: from 2 car tires or motorcycle tires free shipping / aluminum rims, complete wheels already from 1 piece free shipping / for only 1 car tires or motorcycle tires small quantity surcharge 3.00 EUR / island surcharge 8.50 EUR

6th place: Riken Maystorm

The Riken Maystorm loses especially on wet roads. At 80 km/h on wet road the tire does not hold the track and floats up. A braking distance of nearly 62 meters on wet road and a residual speed of only 44 km/h in comparison to the reference tires can only advise against a purchase. Here it becomes dangerous.

Riken Cargo Winter 195/65 R16C 104/102R

Riken Cargo Winter 195/65 R16C 104/102R

Shipping costs: 5.99 EUR

Delivery time: 2-3 days if available

Shipping costs: 0 EUR

Delivery time: 2-5 working days

Shipping costs: 6 EUR

Conclusion: The grip to brand tires is worthwhile

Cheap tires are significantly cheaper than branded tires. The GTu test shows however that they are also substantially more unsafe than the tires of considerable manufacturers. Where you get really good tires at fair prices, shows EFAHRER.com in individual tests for winter tires, summer tires and all-weather tires.

You can find the tire tests here:

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This is how it was tested:

GTu tested the tires on two standard VW Golfs on a tire test track in Germany. During braking on a wet road, an emergency stop was performed at a speed of 100 km/h. Experts collected the data with special software and hardware. A branded tire from Dunlop served as a reference.

EFAHRER.com has compared and supplemented the results of the GTu test with results from other test organizations in Germany Europe and additionally analyzed and evaluated consumer feedback. For this purpose, experts collected and evaluated direct product evaluations as well as more extensive written feedback and impressions from real-life use scenarios.

The findings from these columns of information form the basis for the product evaluation in our comparison.

For the comparison of the cheap tires the CHIP test laboratory, in contrast to other test reports on EFAHRER.com, no measurements taken. Also, the assessments are not based on tests conducted by our editors, but were determined by product comparison experts on the basis of the three-pillar approach described above.

What you should pay attention to with car tires?

If you buy new car tires, there are some points you should pay attention to. That would be above all the following:

  • Tire size

The same is true for car tires: size matters! The most important sizes are those of the rim, the tire width and generally the height-width ratio of the tires. If you don’t have this information, take a look at the car’s registration document. There you will find the manufacturer’s recommended specifications for your car, for example 175/70 R 13. If you want to deviate from this information, you need a good reason and should discuss this beforehand with your specialist workshop.

  • Speed

With some cars you do not have at all the possibility to drive as fast as you would like to. But even if you have a fast car and the roads allow it, you should remember that each tire has a maximum speed limit, which is indicated by a letter on your tire model. You will also find information about this in the vehicle registration document: A T, for example, stands for a maximum speed of up to 190 km/h. These specifications should be taken into account when buying new tires.

  • Break in tires

The new summer tires on it and go? Better not! You do not know how the new tires react compared to your old summer tires. So better approach carefully. In addition, factory-fresh tires are extra smooth (this is due to the release agents used in tire manufacturing) and therefore still have little grip. The first 200-300 kilometers the coating can hold, therefore you better drive here particularly carefully.

  • Replace at least two tires

Renew tires piece by piece? Also not a good idea! Summer tires should always be replaced in pairs, i.e. the tires should be replaced axle by axle. By the way, the mix of different manufacturers is only recommended if all used tires have the prescribed dimension. In order to stabilize the car better, it is recommended to mount the tires with the better profile on the rear axle.

  • DOT number

You will find this number on the tire. It is four-digit (calendar week / year) and framed and gives you the date of manufacture of the tires. If you buy new tires from the tire dealer, you should pay attention to this, because tires older than six years, you should not buy more. By the way, if you are wondering about the strange name of the DOT number: this abbreviation goes back to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

It’s not just the powertrain that differentiates electric cars from internal combustion vehicles, because the tires should also be looked at from a different angle. For electric vehicles, you should also look at the following areas:

  1. Higher weight: Due to the battery and electronics, the e-car weighs more than conventional vehicles. With the weight goes a longer braking distance and higher wear. The faster torque responsible for the sometimes breathtaking acceleration times of many e-cars can also be a negative factor. A good rubber compound can compensate here.
  1. One point that is not looked at at all with internal combustion engines is the Volume of the tires on the ground. What’s the point, the engines are noisy enough, but not with Stromern. Pay attention here to the volume of the tires. Some designs can namely quickly become unpleasantly loud.
  1. Also the Rolling resistance is different for electric cars. If special attention is paid to this, the electric range as well as the efficiency can be increased.

Many suppliers, such as Continental, offer tires specifically for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

What characteristics make tire quality?

When buying new tires, you should consider the following characteristics in particular:

  • Age

A quick look at the four-digit DOT number (which is made up of calendar week and year) tells you the date of manufacture of the tires. If they are older than 6 years, you should no longer buy them.

  • Traction

Wet grip is expressed by the approved values AA, A, B and C, where AA is the highest quality level. Pay attention to a very good grip, because the grip value also provides information about the shortness of the braking distance.

  • Wear speed

Here’s where you should look for what’s known as trade wear. This represents the wear rate of the tire tread compared to the standard tire. So a value of 300 says the tire will wear three times slower than the standard tire. This is quite neat.

  • Heating resistance

The heating resistance of tires shows how well or poorly a tire can dissipate heat. This is a very important value, because hot-running tires quickly lead to tire damage. Therefore, only buy tires with the highest classification A to avoid such tire damage.

When do I need new tires?

You have a car? Good! Then take a look at the tires, or rather the DOT number (that’s the four-digit, framed number made up of calendar week and year). This number tells you when the tire was manufactured.

If the tires are older than 10 years, you should buy new ones. But also if the tires are younger but very worn (this is the case at 1.6mm residual tread according to the law, according to expert opinion v.a. for summer tires at 3mm remaining tread), you should buy new tires.

A tip for measuring tread depth: use a 1-Euo coin for a quick tread depth check. If the golden edge disappears, then the tire tread is quite probably still okay. If you see the golden rim, on the other hand, then you have less than 3 millimeters of tread. Time for new tires!

Where can I find necessary information for buying tires and what do the abbreviations stand for??

We have compiled information for you, which you should consider when buying tires. We also explain what the abbreviations on the tires stand for.

First you need to clarify what tire size your car model needs. This information can be found in the registration certificate (lines 15.1 and 15.2): Here you can change the size or. pick out a size combination, should there be different tire dimensions for your vehicle on the front and rear axles.

If you want to read out the tire information of a tire already on the vehicle, proceed as follows: Let’s assume your tire label reads 245/45 R 17 91 H. It can then be read as follows:

  1. Tire width: The first number is the tire width, which is given in millimeters (so 245mm in our example).
  1. Height to width: /45 represents the height-to-width ratio of the tire cross-section in percent. A /50 on a tire would therefore mean that the tire would be half as high as it is wide.
  1. Tire designR denotes the usual tire construction or load capacity. Tire construction, namely “radial.
  1. Rim diameter: This is indicated by the 15. Unit: inch.
  1. Tire load capacity: 91 shows the load capacity of the car tire. 91 stands for 615 kilograms.
  1. Maximum speedThe speed symbol is the last one and indicates the maximum speed that can be driven with the tire. H means a maximum speed of 210 km/h.

And a final word on air pressure: in new cars there is a so-called integrated tire pressure control system. Here, the air pressure is measured via the ABS sensors or directly via sensors in the rim valve.

Why are there special tires for electric cars?

This has mainly to do with the range and dead weight of the e-cars, as well as the torque:

  1. Range: Choose tires for your electric car that have the lowest possible rolling resistance. High rolling resistance has a direct impact on the range of electric cars. In addition you produce fine dust by a high tire abrasion.
  1. Dead weightDue to the batteries, electric cars weigh more than conventional cars. As a result, normal tires on electric cars do not last as long.
  1. Torque: Electric cars have a higher torque than petrol cars. This is why, for example, tire manufacturer Michelin points out that conventional tires only last half as long on e-cars.

Tires for electric cars are therefore characterized by low rolling resistance, can carry a high dead weight and are designed to be energy-optimized – in other words, the perfect e-car tire has a special rubber compound, is narrow with a comparatively large diameter and has the necessary traction despite low rolling resistance.

At the moment, such special e-car tire offers are still manageable. Searching is worthwhile however, because in such a way you can get out up to 15% more range, as it found out TuV south with rolling tests.

Further test results

  • Auto Motor und Sport (test): The best tires for e-cars
  • Auto Bild (test): 50 current summer tires in comparison

*This article was created by Efahrer authors and is based on the results of the article “ADAC summer tire test 2020”. You can buy the full article online.

Known tire suppliers

  • Continental

Continental tires, according to their own statement, are characterized above all by excellent braking performance and maximum safety. Values that stand the test of time: Conti is one of the leading manufacturers of tires, both for the passenger car and light truck sectors.

  • Dunlop

Dunlop is one of the world’s best known tire manufacturers and has been in business for over 125 years. In the American market these tires can be found under the name Goodyear. Dunlop is one of the leading tire manufacturers with annual sales of well over 1.5 billion euros.

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